Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
Prisoner’s pathetic plea
At a special court held on Monday, Mr Kilbride, R.M., presiding, a man named Andrew Hopper, who has been employed as night porter in the Railway Hotel, was charged with the larceny of £55 18s 6d from a safe in the hotel.
In a statement, he wrote: “One night, I found out just by curiosity that the key of my pantry opened the bar door, a skeleton key it was, so I went in and helped myself to whiskey and brandy but never touched a penny; only took drink. Well I kept thinking about the money in the till and determined to steal it and clear out. I went in again on Friday morning, took two glasses of whiskey full, then opened the till and saw the key of the safe.
I opened it and when I saw the gold and notes, I could not resist them. I had no intention of touching the safe just the few pounds in the till, only took notes and gold out of the safe.
I had a suit of military uniform in my possession, so I put them on under my own clothes, took a box of cigars and cigarettes, put the money in my bag and took a return ticket to Athlone. In the train I counted the money and found I had £59 1s 6d after paying for my ticket. I never dreamt there was so much.
I met a girl who was going to Glasgow, so I went with her. I drank all day as I had no peace, but thinking of what I had done.
Now, when I am done for, it sounds hypocritical to say I am sorry; I only ask for mercy for my Kitty’s sake. I have lost my character, friends and everything over this false step of mine. This is the first time to have connection with the police. Of course I must be punished; I hope that they will deal easy with me, so that I won’t lose my army pension.
I am willing to hand it over and pay back all I have spent. Don’t make a jail bird of me; it is hard enough that I am in detention. After this no more drink, no more nights and days of torment.
Constable Costigan said the police in Newcastle-on-tyne handed him over £17 19s 4d with the prisoner and his military papers. The prisoner, who sat silent, was returned for trial to the ensuing Assizes.
Hit with a hen
Derreen District Court was held on Friday before Mr. Sean MacGiollarnath, D.J. Mary Farragher, Ballinastack, summoned Mary Burns, same place, for assault and for using abusive language towards her. Mr P.M. Hosty, solicitor, for complainant, and Mr. F.B. McDonogh, solr., for defendant.
Evidence was given that a dispute took place over the trespass of hens on May 7. Mrs. Farragher said that Mrs. Burns hit her with a stone and Mrs. Burns said Mrs. Farragher hit her with a hen.
Sergt. McDonogh, Cummer, said he saw Mrs. Farragher with a cut on the shin bone, caused, she alleged, by a stone thrown by defendant.
The Justice bound Mrs. Burns to the peace for twelve months in £5 bail for the assault and fined her 5s. and costs for using abusive language.
At a special meeting of the Galway Chamber of Commerce, held in the Chamber Institute on Tuesday evening, the President, Mr. T.J. W. Kenny, announced that there was a possibility of having a brush factory established in Galway shortly.
The factory, the President said, would be started on a big scale, and the capital required would be very little. The factory would be started without any assistance from outside or from the Industrial Credit Corporation.
It would given employment to about one hundred persons in the manufacture of all kinds of brushes. The company would be altogether a Galway-Mayo company. He felt sure that when the prospectus was issued, the factory would have the full support of Galway.
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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.